Sonic founder Troy Smith dies at 87

Sonic founder Troy Smith dies at 87

OKLAHOMA CITY Troy N. Smith Sr., the founder of the drive-in that became the Sonic chain, died earlier this week in Oklahoma City. He was 87.

ASonic spokeswoman said Smith died at an Oklahoma City hospital on Monday after a recent decline in health.

Smith opened the Top Hat root beer stand in Shawnee, Okla., in 1953, and it became the Sonic Drive-In chain, which now has nearly 3,600 units in 42 states.

Born in 1922, Smith grew up i

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